Food and Money

We all eat. Most of us, in one way or another, pay for our food. Some of us pay more than others, and the Economic Research Service as part of the United States Department of Agriculture tries to figure out what is going on with food prices. Here are a few interesting things they’ve found out (data is focused on the US):

  • Food prices have gone up a little over 2% in the last year.
  • Since 2006, only medical costs have risen faster than food prices. Food prices have risen faster than education prices (which really surprised me).
  • The percent of total household budget assigned to food has been flat for a while. In 1900, nearly 18% of the budget was spent on food. By the year 2000, it was around 10%.
  • Percentage of household income spent on food away from home has actually increased since 1900 (3%) to now (nearly 5%).
  • 31 cents of each food dollar is spent on “food services”, i.e. eating out.

Check out the information here.

Eggs with Chickpeas, Spinach, and Tomato

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This was a dish that I was skeptical of, even while I was making it. The flavors really come together though. It is a great brunch or lunch dish.

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No meat!

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The chickpeas and sauce.

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The spinach wilts pretty quickly.

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Adding the eggs like this reminds me of the Eggs in Purgatory dish I make.

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The eggs cook in the hot juice.

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Eggs with Chickpeas, Spinach, and Tomato

Prep Time:  | Cook Time: 29 Minutes | Servings: 4 (serving size: 1 egg and about 1/3 cup chickpea mixture) | Difficulty: 


1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons thinly sliced shallots (about 1)
1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary
Dash of crushed red pepper
1 garlic clove, thinly sliced
1/2 cup lower-sodium marinara sauce
1 (14-ounce) can chickpeas, undrained
2 cups fresh baby spinach
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
4 large eggs
2 ounces pecorino Romano cheese, shredded (1/2 cup)


1. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add shallots, rosemary, red pepper, and garlic; cook 2 minutes or until shallots are tender, stirring constantly. Add marinara and chickpeas; bring to a simmer. Stir in spinach, salt, and black pepper. Break eggs evenly over marinara mixture. Simmer gently for 15 minutes (do not stir) or until egg whites are almost set. Cover, and cook for 1 minute or until egg whites are set (yolks should still be runny). Sprinkle with cheese.

Nutritional Info: Calories: 259
Fat: 13.6g
Saturated fat: 3.1g
Monounsaturated fat: 6.8g
Polyunsaturated fat: 1.5g
Protein: 12.3g
Carbohydrate: 20.8g
Fiber: 4.1g
Cholesterol: 185mg
Iron: 2.8mg
Sodium: 543mg
Calcium: 104mg


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Categories: Breakfast, Cheese3, Eggs, kosher, Low Carb, Lunch3, Recipes, Vegetable4, Vegetarian

Author:The Ranting Chef

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4 Comments on “Food and Money”

  1. March 19, 2015 at 3:41 pm #

    This looks so so good. Love the recipe.


  2. March 20, 2015 at 5:17 pm #

    Looks amazing and easy! My favorite!!


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